n CME : Your SA Journal of CPD - Cognitive rehabilitation following traumatic brain injury : update

Volume 26, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 0256-2170



The field of cognitive rehabilitation is much less understood than the physical modalities.

Cognitive disorders following TBI are extremely common.
Neurobehavioural deficits of many brain-injured patients represent their most significant obstacles to community and vocational reintegration.
Changes in cognition, behaviour and personality after TBI are considered by clinicians to be among the most difficult disabilities tomanage effectively.
Patients with little or no physical fallout from a TBI may have significant cognitive impairments.
Research strongly suggests that the bulk of neurological recovery from acute brain injury occurs within the first 6 months after injury.
Memory impairments are among the most common, most persistent and most handicapping of the cognitive deficits after TBI.
Patients with cognitive impairments may be completely unaware of their deficits and limitations.
The role of family members and caregivers is critical in the effective management of patients with cognitive impairment.

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